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Irreverent ‘Book of Mormon’ makes return trip to Shea’s

When Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s irreverent and foul-mouthed musical “The Book of Mormon” opened on Broadway in 2011, it was greeted with the kind of mania and fervor one might expect from the return of the Messiah himself. Fans were thrilled, perhaps above all, with the novelty of a musical about confused Mormon missionaries dreamed up by an artistic team that did not fit the traditional Broadway mold.

That team – Parker, Stone and composer Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q”) – brought with them a sophomoric sensibility that registered with legions of “South Park” fans, as well as with producers eager to expand audiences beyond families flocking to Disney productions, tourists settling for “Phantom of the Opera” and musical theater die-hards taking in revivals of classic Broadway fare.

The buzz is a bit quieter than it was in those heady days, but it remains strong enough to power the ongoing national tour of the production, which opens a six-day run in Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.) on Tuesday. This production is likely to look nearly identical to the show’s first appearance here in 2013, which left audiences thirsty for more. And though tickets haven’t gone quite as quickly this time around, a clear appetite for the show’s shock-infused book and hummable score remains.

Tickets range from $33 to $138. Call 847-0850 or visit sheas.org.

– Colin Dabkowski

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